Old Wake Forest Road, before construction

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road Improvement Project

Improving mobility and connectivity for pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic

The proposed improvements consist of widening Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road between Capital Boulevard and Spring Forest Road. Roadway improvements will include:

  • Curb and gutter;
  • An 8-foot wide sidewalks on one side of the roadway;
  • A 12-foot wide multi-use path on the other side;
  • Streetlights;
  • Landscaping; and,
  • A new railroad bridge.

Project Details

 
Type:
Streets
Budget:
$13 Million
Project Lead:
Roadway Design & Construction
Contractors:
Wetherill Engineering, INC.

Contact

 

Sam Brewer
Project Manager

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Lead Department:
Engineering Services
Participating Department:
Transportation
Service Unit:
Roadway Design and Construction

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Design

We had an advanced design public touchpoint for the Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road Improvement Project in early 2021.

There is a brief presentation available that explains the project's goals, explains some of the project's challenges, and highlights some of the project's proposed features.

 

   

Old Wake Forest and Dixie Forest Advanced Design - Roadway Design and Construction

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Right of Way Acquisition

Updated May 2022

We are in the Right of Way and Easement Acquisition phase of the Project.

Private utility relocation work is expected to start this fall.

We are scheduled to complete this phase of the project in Fall 2022 and advertise for construction contracts in Winter 2023.

Next Steps

 
  • Real estate negotiations will continue
  • Private utility relocation work
  • Advertise for construction bids
  • Award construction contract 
  • Hold pre-construction touchpoint
  • Start construction
Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Construction

Phase details coming soon.

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Complete

Phase details coming soon.

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Schedule

Date Activity
March 8, 2018 Preliminary Plans Public Meeting (25% plan)
Nov. 2018 City Council Presentation
Winter 2021 Advanced Design Public Touchpoint
Winter 2021 City Council Presentation
Summer 2022 Complete Right of Way and Easement Acquisition
Winter 2022 Advertise for Construction Contract
Winter 2023 Award Construction Contract
Late Winter 2023 Pre-Construction Public Touchpoint
Spring 2023 Start Construction
Spring 2025 Project Complete

Advanced Design

We had an advanced Design public touchpoint in January of 2021. There was a brief presentation that is still available below that explains the project's goals, explains some of the project's challenges, and highlights some of the project's proposed features.

 

Old Wake Forest and Dixie Forest Advanced Design - Roadway Design and Construction

A rendering of what a typical section of Old Wake Forest Rd will look like after construction is complete.

This typical section rendering depicts what Old Wake Forest Road will look like once construction is complete.

Project History

The original Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road widening project design was originally presented to the public on March 8, 2018. This design was then presented to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC), who showed concern with the on-road bike lanes in an area with significant traffic and a 45 mile per hour speed limit. After consulting with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Raleigh City Council, a new design was proposed for the corridor.

The improved design removes the five-foot-wide bicycle lanes from the roadway and widens the Multi Use Path (MUP) and sidewalks on both sides of the roadway. This new design will give cyclists and pedestrians, as well as vehicles, a safer user experience and will reduce the overall impacts of the project.

The process of developing the new design alternatives, getting the proposed design approved by council, and redeveloping the design drawings has delayed the overall project schedule. The updated schedule can be found below.

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